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>>> on our broadcast tonight from charlotte, as president obama arrives here for this convention, the weather forces a big change of plans. but tonight's main attraction, former president bill clinton. the speech he says has kept him up at night. tonight we'll talk with him exclusively about the stakes, the speech, and the president. >> i'm actually more enthusiastic abo him than i was four years ago when i said i thought he was ready to be president. >>> also the first lady on making it work as a mom in the white house. >>> and a major breakthrough being reported from the world of health and science that could change the way we view our health for all time. change the way we view our health for all time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television r by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. as night two of the democratic convention is now under way, and this has now become the second convention this season to be heavily affected by weather. as you recall, the republicans lost an entire night to that passing hurricane. and now, based on the threat
last weekend of summer and a lot of kids are heading back to school, president obama and the democrats are eparing for their big moment. it is their turn to make their case that the president deserves four more years. their convention opens tomorrow in north carolina, and tonight as thousands of democrats descend on the city of charlotte republicans have already begun their counterattack, asking a question that we've heard before -- are you better off now than you were four years ago? we have two reports tonight beginning in charlotte with our political director and chief white house correspondent who is down there somewhere chuck todd. good evening. >> good evening, kate. while the republican convention was designed to reintroduce the country to mitt romney as a person this democratic convention is getting off to a bit of a defensive start as the obama campaign seems to be struggling with touting improvements to the economy without looking insensitive to the millions still struggling. gathering in charlotte to make the case their economic vision is better for america than the one outl
obama, after launching his reelection effort, was hit head-on by the economic reality today even though 96,000 jobs were added to the u.s. economy in the month of august, and even though the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1%, both the need and expectations were greater than that. and so with economists using words like "anemic," that affected what the campaign was hoping would feel much more like a post-charlotte victory lap. the economy remains the big issue in this campaign. and we begin our coverage of all of all of it tonight with white house correspondent kristen welker traveling with the president in iowa city tonight. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. well, president obama left charlotte this morning with the vice president and first lady to hit pivotal swing states, and he tried to cast that jobs report in a positive light. campaigning in new hampshire, mr. obama took the long view on jobs. >> today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. we know i
organizers announced they're moving president obama's speech indoors tomorrow night, because there's a threat for severe weather. the president was supposed to accept his party's nomination at the outdiet bank of america stadium. the president will now give his speech at the time warner cable area, only people with credentials will be allowed in to see that speech. >>> tonight former president clinton will take the stage, trying to convince voters that the president deserves four more years. steve handlesman has a preview from charlotte. sirchlts president obama arrived in charlotte. he'll give a speech thursday night, in the major convention venue, it's three times larger, but exposed. the chance of rain is 30 to 40%. >> clearly team obama felt that the risks of having this thing drenched in a thunderstorm outweighed the benefits they got in denver from a big outdoor crowd, and clint eastwood shows them what happens when a nomination acceptance speech gets undercut by circumstances. republicans charged democrats just couldn't fill the stadium. >> i think it has more to do with attendance tha
clinton presented a lengthy argument last night. president obama will delivered his speech to a much smaller live audience than originally planned, the weather forcing the speech inside. steve handelsman is covering the convention for us. >> reporter:. president obama has been formally renominated. he's gotten a rousing endorsement from the most loved democrat. >> if you want a future of shared prosperitity where the middle classes growing and poverty is declining, you have to vote for barack obama. >> reporter: tonight it's imfor the president to make his own case. >> my main goal i think is to communicate to the american people how we can move forward and create an economy where middle-class families, they've got a shot again. >> reporter: in new hampshire mitt romney says he won't watch the president make new promises. >> i think he wants a promises reset. we want a report on the promises he made. >> reporter: disappointed democrats with tickets to barack obama's canceled stadium speech tonight, tried to get the president's live message to them today on smartphones. >> we can't le
romney and president obama plenty to say today. romney fresh off his nomination, trumpeting the anti obama themes in this gop convention. the president on the road to charlotte today reminding voters of what republicans didn't talk about. in a moment we'll check in with ron mott and the romney campaign. we'll begin with kristen welker on with the president in sioux city iowa. >> reporter: good evening, lester. with the democratic national convention just a few days away, president obama is working to build momentum in key battleground states like right here in iowa where he's making his seventh visit so far this year. >> hello iowa! >> reporter: president obama kicking off his road to charlotte campaign in iowa, the state that first launched his presidency four years ago. >> it was you, iowa, who kept us going when the pundits were writing us off. and it will be you, iowa, who choose the path we take from here. >> reporter: polls show a tight race here as some white working class voters who gave him an edge four years ago aren't so sure because of the economy. >> iowa is important, a
. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney. after he took hits for accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the rioters. for the president, a foreign crisis close to election day is a chance to show off leadership. and a chance for a high-profile stumble, campaigning in colorado he talked tough. >> i want people around the world to hear me, for anyone who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in libya, the fbi is just starting an investigation. besides the four murders, and the riots faced by president obama, there's the bloody rebellion in syria. and new pressure on the u.s. from israel to get tougher on iran over nuclear weapons. republicans are implying president obama is wavering. >> this is a moment for americans to show our closest allies in the middle east that we stand with them unequivocally, unequivocally, no mixed signals. >> reporter: the middle east suddenly a factor in the race for the white house. prior to the current crisis, the nbc news "wall street journal" poll found president obama had a significant advantage over mi
obama is campaigning this weekend in florida. he's telling voters that creating more jobs is his top priority right now. he's calling on americans to rally behind real achievable goals that will lead to new jobs. his newest high profile surrogate is in our area. julian castro attended a kickoff yesterday. he was the keynote speaker at the democratic national convention in charlotte last week. he talked about why president obama deserves a second term. >> there's no question that it's a close race in virginia. i believe what's going to tip the scales is president obama's commitment to creating opportunity and economic prosperity. what he has done already, 30 straight months of private sector job growth, more than 4.5 million jobs created and what he wants to do in the future. >> mayor castro will be on "meet the press" with david gregory at 10:30 right here on nbc4. >>> mitt romney will be on "meet the press" and like mayor castro he spent yesterday in virginia. the republican presidential nominee is blaming president obama for exposing the military to huge spending cuts. defense spen
. president obama stops off in ohio and new orleans before tomorrow's dnc kickoff. >>> mystery ship. isaac's pounding surf washes up what could be a civil war-era vessel. >>> and, royal seat. england's prince andrew goes to great heights for a good cause. >> this is "early today" for monday, september 3rd, 2012. >> hello and very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with labor day on the campaign trail. while much of the country has the day off, president obama will be hard at work before heading to the democratic national convention tomorrow. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte with the details. traci, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. i'm standing in front of the stadium where we will see president obama speak here in charlotte later in the week. but first he is on a campaign trip that he calls road to charlotte. today he'll be in ohio and storm-ravaged louisiana. but first, take a look. the president in boulder, colora colorado, on sunday talking about the republicans' convention last week. as the president put it, there were hard truths bu
. >> reporter: one day after accepting his party's nomination, president obama is campaigning in new hampshire. he acknowledged room for improvement, while putting a positive spin on the economy. >> this once again has added job -- we know it's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> reporter: the unemployment rate has been above 8% for 43 -- it dipped slightly last month as many people stopped looking for work. in iowa, republican presidential candidate mitt romney used those numbers to attack obama's job records. >> the president said by this time we would be at 5.4% unemployment. 5.4%. instead we're at about 8%. you know the difference that makes and how many people would be working in america? 9 million people. >> reporter: two sides to one rot that's sure to have voters talking. i'm danielle lee, nbc news. >>> when "news4 at 4" continues, police say they know who's responsible for a terror hoax that grounded a plane and led to an innocent man's arrest. how it all began with a romantic rumsfeldry. >>> plus a moment at the video music awards you didn't see. it still has ever
. in colorado, president obama signalled his resolve to find the killers of the four americans. >> i want people to hear me from all over who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but america's allies, dictators, are gone, and the u.s. is not happy with mohamed morsi's initial failure to protect the embassy. so last night, mr. obama seemed to be lowering egypt's status. >> i don't think we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them a new enemy. they are a new government trying to find its way. >> reporter: later, president obama called morsi, saying he needed to protect the embassy. today, he said they did not intend to down grade egypt, which gets one and a half billion in aid, second only to israel and afghanistan. billion the u.s. and afghan but they no longer have a compass for the region. >> it is difficult seeing these images on television, because our world is filled with challenges. this is a difficult time. >> essentially the united states has made a bet, a big bet, a gamble. but there are not a lot of alternatives. >> reporter: example nine ye
suddenly opened up between president obama and mitt romney. the president making a bounce in florida where he tried to pivot the conversation away from high unemployment and on to an area that he hopes to prove to be governor romney's achilles heal. romney told our david gregory what part of the president's health care law he would like to keep in place. kristen welker joins us from west palm beach with more on all of that as well as what has to be the picture of the day. >> reporter: good evening to you. we will get to that picture in a moment. the candidates over taxes and medicare as president obama opened up a lead in what has otherwise been a razor tight race. campaigning in florida today president obama tried to turn the focus to medicare. >> i want you to know, florida, i will never turn medicare into a voucher. >> reporter: the president is enjoying a post convention bump, the latest galup poll showing him up. romney disclosed he would preserve the most popular parts of the president's health care plan, something he said before but went into more detail today. >> i'm not getting ri
husband, 51 years. >>> see you back here at 9:00. >>> good morning. the race is on. president obama and mitt romney criss-crossing the nation over the holiday weekend. the republican challenger touching down in storm-ravaged louisiana, the president headed there next. will it help them sway the undecideds? >>> health scare. officials saying that some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at yosemite national park this summer may be at risk for contracting a deadly virus. >>> and eastwooding. fresh off his performance at the republican convention, movie icon clint eastwood has inspired a new phenomenon, and it's a big hit online today, saturday, september 1st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. and empty chairs across the country have never been so happy before, ever. i mean, empty chairs everywhere are finally getting their time in the spotlight wait until the chair says something. you know who else was almost sitting next to an empty chair? >> here we go
killed in all of last year. >>> president obama will have to give his acceptance speech at the democratic national convention inside. organizers decided to move his speech from the large bank of america stadium to the smaller time warner stadium. nbc's tracie potts has more on the speech from mrs. obama that electrified democrats. >> reporter: democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton. t the only person more popular in a recent gallup poll, my khiche obama. she brought democrats to their feet last night with a rousing speech about decisions based on family values. >> when, in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal. because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. >> reporter: a message aimed at women. >> he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices our bodies and our health care. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically. no, that's not how he was raised. he cared that it was the right thing to do. >> reporter: not once did she mention mitt romney. but plenty of others
in the news. i'm jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. >> president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton are condemning the violence that killed ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans at the u.s. consulate in benghazi yesterday. the president in turn was faulted by his presidential rival mitt romney. steve handelsman has the latest. >> reporter: the u.s. consulate was still burning when president obama ordered in u.s. marines to protect american officials remaining in libya. he learned this morning four diplomats were dead. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. >> reporter: riots preceded the deaths, first in ki yo, then in benghazi, syria's number two city, well known to chris stephens. he was there when u.s. air raids prevented a massacre by moammar gadhafi. stephens reportedly braved the otto evacuate his people. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. >> reporter: why the riots? clips had flooded the internet of an amateurish anti-muslim movie said to be made
. >> there is a debate about what president obama's policies after the arab spring was apparent. what's that's created, should the united states do more. >> the on going protests and riots will be a focus today. they will talk to david about the incidents, and susan rice, american's ambassador to the u.n. we'll discuss the united states role. you can catch that all on "meet the press." the gop candidates are trying to refocus on domestic issues and other issues. paul ryan hammered the president saying his economic policies failed the country. he said that the president has put america on the road to financial re union. >> the federal reserve is coming out with a new bailout. this matters, so the federal reserve is basically saying that we don't have a recovery, obamanomics did not work. >> they are facing a uphill battle. a wall street journal poll shows the president obama five points ahead of them. this morning, sand lism near a mosque is not a hate crime but a random crime spree. about 30 dcars were hit. >> there is no evidence to believe that this is a hate crime or specifically targeting one reli
individuals to hurt the religious feelings of others. mitt romney pounce the. it's disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks, the gop presidential candidate said in a statement late tuesday. the obama campaign fired back saying it was shocked that following the deadly protests, quote, governor romney would choose to launch a political attack. >> sarah palin! >> even sarah palin joined the fray, paraphrasing a line often used to mock her. >> and can i see russia from my house. >> as a way to slam the white house. >> reporter: apparently president obama can't see egypt and libya from his house, she tweeted. a couple of things. that cairo statement by the embassy there was never approved by the state department or the white house. that said, can i tell you here, matt, officials here are just stunned that the romney campaign wouldn't even wait till daybreak before pouncing on this story considering we didn't have confirmations of the death of the ambassador and others. >> chuc
and the race for white house, mitt romney and president obama are pounding the street across the nation. david gregory got a chance to sit down with romney on saturday in virginia, romney's first "meet the press" interview in three years. good morning. >> good morning. >> i want to get to your exclusive interview with romney but first i want to talk about the jobs report. it wasn't good but you wouldn't know it looking at the polls. romney continues to pressure president obama on the economy. where does that factor in? >> this is critical. if people blame president obama for the state of the economy and the state of the jobless rate, i think it's very difficult for him to prevail. the whole thrust, the whole argument of his convention was to say, i know it's bad, we're turning a corner and i need more time. i go back to bill clinton saying no president could have turned this around in four years. the argument is patience and time. if you can do that, it seems the president can take on the push from romney. >> your sit down with mitt romney, the defense department could see a budget cut unless
in florida got a little excited when he met president obama, gave him a bear hug and then lifted him up. doesn't the secret service frown on things like that? by the way, he's a republican. we'll talk to him this morning about what he was thinking. >> i think he did clear it with secret service, which is probably a good thing. all this week, matt, natalie and al and i will take a turn choosing the music for this show, call it the soundtrack of our lives. >> right. >> put a lot of thought into this. a lot of anxiety. >> today is yours. >> today it my day. >> good news for carpenters fans. >> but let's begin with that breaking news. public school teachers going out in strike or on strike in chicago. nbc's kevin tibbles is there. kevin, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. i'm outside the ray elementary school here in chicago where for the first time in 25 years chicago's teachers have gone on strike. this, after a frantic weekend of negotiations that went right down to the wire. after days of non-stop negotiating, the chicago teachers union made this late-night announceme
impassioned plea. first lady michelle obama delivers a rousing speech at the democratic national convention. reaching out to women, she gets emotional as she talks about her family. >> my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> savannah has reaction live from charlotte. >>> scary moments. the newly elected premier of quebec rushed off stage as masked gunman opens fire at a victory rally. this morning at least one person dead, the shooter is under arrest and police are looking for a motive. >>> tennis, anyone? pippa middleton checks out the action at the u.s. open. a trip to new york city that has some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, wednesday, september 5th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to a split edition of "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. matt, i was on this floor last night when michelle obama spoke. at times she was fiery.
americans killed in libya, president obama vowed once more to hunt down those responsible. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. we will not waiver in our pursuit. >> reporter: the president says the images of besieged american embassies are a small part of a larger picture. >> let us never forget that are for every angry mob there are millions who yearn for the freedom and dignity and hope that our flag represents. >> reporter: since taking office mr. obama has sought to reduce tensions with the muslim world. the white house insists that the anti-american violence now sweeping the region is not a rejection of the president's policies. experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a very dangerous political dynamic on the ground that is fueled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> reporter: after initially taking hits for politicizing the deaths in libya, mitt romney has softened his tone. >> well, this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> reporter: but with romney trailing in p
privately. during his remarks, president barack obama offered his condolences and promised that their loved ones did not die in vain. >> they were taken from us suddenly and far too soon. to you and your families, the rest of us cannot begin to imagine the pain you've endured these many years. we will never fully understand how difficult it has been for you to carry on, to summon that strength and to rebuild your lives. >> reporter: the victims' memorial was closed for several hours this morning, but it has since reopened, and so members of the public who want to come and pay their respects can now do so. from the pentagon, megan mcgrath, news4. >> abner morales. >> carlos manuel morales. >> this has happened every year since the attack. each victim's name was spoken aloud this morninging at ground zero. but unlike every other year, relatives spoke the names and no politicians took the microphone. >>> across the country, many americans are remembering those who were lost in the attack on america. although the crowd was a bit smaller at today's ground zero ceremony, the ceremony had a lot of
president obama vowed once more to bring those responsible to justice. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. >> reporter: the images of besieged american embassies are just a small part of a larger picture. >> for every angry mob millions yearn for the prix dofreedom an promised. >> reporter: the white house insists the anti-american violence sweeping the region is not a rejection of the president's policy. >> the unrest we have seen is a reaction to a film with which the united states government had no involvement. >> experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a dangerous political dynamic on the ground that's fuelled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> reporter: after initially taking hits for politicizing american deaths in libya, mitt romney softened his tone. >> well, this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> reporter: with romney trailing on the question of foreign policy running mate paul ryan continues to hammer the president. >> uh amid all the threats and danger
? >> reporter: chicago mayor rahm emanuel, an obama supporter, called romney's statement lip service. >> i don't really give two hoots about national comments scoring political points or trying to embarrass or whatever the president. >> what do we want? >> reporter: as negotiations drag on, frustrations are mounting on both sides and in many households. >> if the strike is off in a week, you're up to speed and you're not too far behind and you don't get a ton of homework, right? >> yeah. >> reporter: and, of course, i guess the only real good news out of this today, matt, is that the teachers and the school board do say that they will continue negotiating, and while they say progress is being made, and they say that each and every day, obviously not enough progress to get these kids back in the classroom. matt? >> kevin tibbles in chicago this morning, kevin, thank you very much. >> want to get a check of the day's other stories. natalie morales is over at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. today marks 11 years since the attacks of september 11th. despite the election looming just weeks
and the political fallout at home, poet president barack obama and mitt romney are trying to project strength on national security, but less than eight weeks till election day romney, who by the way authored a book titled "no apologies" is making no apologies for his sharp cricism of the president's foreign policy. while in virginia mitt romney toned down his attacks on president obama seeking to project strength in more subtle terms, arguing the president is a weak leader. >> sometimes it seems that we're at the mercy of events instead of shaping events. the world needs american leadership. the middle east needs american leadership. >> reporter: demonstrating the bitterness on both sides, romney was briefly interrupted by a heckler. >> why are you politicizing libya? >> reporter: >> reporter: campaigning in colorado president obama took a firm stance reminding voters of his power as commander in chief. >> i want people around me to hear me, to all those who would do us harm. no act of terror will go unpunished. it will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of th
, to keep the focus on the families. president obama led a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the north tower. and later, laid a wreath during a tribute at the pentagon, where 184 people were killed. >> this is never an easy day, but it is especially difficult for all of you. >> reporter: in shanksville, pennsylvania, vice president biden comforted families. while in nevada, mitt romney struck a patriotic tone. during an appearce at the national guards conference. >> we remember with heavy hearts the tragic loss of life. >> reporter: 11 years later, in many places, this anniversary seems more private than public. many communities like glenrock, new jersey which lost 11 residents chose not to hold a formal observance for the first time. >> ronald call fazio, sr. >> reporter: this always will be a deeply personal day for those who lost loved ones. like rob fazio. who says the stories he heard about his father's heroism, while trapped on the 99th floor in his office, has given him a sense of purpose. >> people told us he was literally holding the door to he
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